Oakleaf Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 6 inches to 18 inches
Plant Spread: 6 inches to 8 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: White to lavender daisy-like flower with a bright yellow center
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Resistances: Humidity tolerant


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 20, 2013 5:18 PM

Southern Fleabane is one of eight species of Erigeron found here in the state of Florida and perhaps the most widespread and distinctive. Also known as Oakleaf Fleabane this Erigeron has hairy, lobed, oak-shaped leaves to 4 inches long that are broad at the tip and tapering toward the base. Erigeron quercifolius has tiny daisy-like flowers that appear atop a hairy flower stalk. The flower heads of 1/4 to 1/2 inches wide are composed of over 100 tiny white to lavender petals. Southern Fleabane grows in habitats of disturbed sites, roadsides, open woodlands, and forest margins. Dried plants were once used for stuffing bedding to repel fleas and other pests.

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